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Exotic takes to the road

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 23:14

Roadshow season is still filling up calendars across the country and this week Exotic Holidays held its annual roadshow in Hamilton, Auckland and Palmerston North. Operators from Vietnam, India and Sydney updated travel agents on their products and destinations, with presentations from Fez Travel, Travel World Experiences, Vido Tours, India Tourism and Taj Group of Hotels.

All attendees will go into the final business card draw for a confirmed space on Exotic Holidays famil to India in 2017 and a second prize of a six day, land only, Golden Triangle India tour.

SKAL's Auckland lunch

Sunday, 06 November 2016 21:11

SKAL's Auckland November lunch was sponsored by Expedia TAAP at Parnell Rose Gardens. Club vice-president Derek Batchelor-Cook stepped up to the mark n the absence of president Gary Dickson, who is attending the SKAL World Conference in Monaco.

South Africa's extra value

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:17

An exchange rate of 10 rand to one New Zealand dollar, about double what it was just a few years ago, gives an added incentive for clients to head to South Africa, agents heard during a function at the Grand Millennium Auckland this week.
South African Tourism, South African Airways and a number of suppliers and wholesalers hosted about 60 retail agents to drinks, dinner and a presentation detailing the new consumer campaign – Wow in Every Moment, the accessibility of the country via Sydney or Perth and the variety of attractions and activities available.
Yana Shvarts, acting country manager Australasia with South African Tourism, says the night also tackled the question of safety. ‘We do suffer with a perception that the destination is unsafe and the only way we can challenge that is to show people the actual situation. We take agents on an experiential journey at our functions to show the what the country is really like.’
The New Zealand market was up 17.3% year on year to South Africa for the first six months of the year and Shv arts is positive about current mood in the marketplace (though no figures beyond June are currently available).

Argentina capitalises on Kiwis

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 06:39

Soaring Kiwi visitor numbers into Argentina delivered an industry delegation from the South American destination to Auckland last night. Around 120 people attended The National Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina (INPROTUR) roadshow held at SkyCity, which had also called in on Sydney and Melbourne. Argentina recorded a 204% increase in travellers from New Zealand during the first quarter of 2016, while Australian figures rose by 31.8%. The Kiwi visitor growth can be largely attributed to last December’s launch of Air New Zealand’s thrice weekly direct flight connecting Auckland to Buenos Aires. The roadshow was designed to inspire and educate travel agents, giving them the chance to meet face-to-face with industry partners from Argentina. Meanwhile, wholesalers were invited to attend specially created workshops. Industry partners including cruise operator Antarpply Expeditions, boutique travel agency Across AR, wholesaler and tour operator Eurotur and all-round tourism operator Gador Viajes were among the Argentinean operators who took part in the roadshow.

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